The

retail

industry closed the day up 0.5%.

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

),

Conn's Inc

(

CONN

),

U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc

(

PRTS

), and

New York & Company Inc

(

NWY

) were all winners today within the retail industry with

Kohl's

(

KSS

) being today's featured retail winner. Kohl's rose $1.35 (2.8%) to $49.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.7 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Kohl's has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

TheStreet Recommends

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

),

QKL Stores Inc

(

QKLS

),

Family Dollar Stores Inc

(

FDO

), and

Whole Foods Market Inc

(

WFM

) were all losers within the retail industry with

Jones Group Inc

(

JNY

) being today's retail industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

(

XRT

) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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